Gholston to enter NFL Draft

Todd Porter

Ohio State junior defensive end Vernon Gholston will forgo his senior season of college football and enter the NFL Draft.

Gholston, a 6-foot-4, 264-pound defensive end, is expected to be a first-round pick.

“As a son and as a man, it is my duty to serve and support my family to the best of my abilities,” Gholston said Friday. “My childhood dream was, and still is, to one day be fortunate enough to do just that. I feel that time has come.”

Cornerback Malcolm Jenkins and wide receiver Brian Robiskie both said Friday they will return. Some thought Jenkins could have gone in the first round.

“I don’t feel that I’ve accomplished everything I can accomplish in college football, and there’s still a lot for me to conquer and shoot for,” Jenkins said. “The national championship, another Big Ten championship, the Thorpe Award. And I really look forward to the honors and perks associated with being a senior on this team.”

Jenkins was second team All-America and a Thorpe Award semifinalist. He had four interceptions and was a key cog in OSU’s top-ranked defense.

Robiskie had 55 catches for 935 yards, and his 11 touchdowns were tied for fourth-highest in Ohio State history.

Linebacker James Laurinaitis is among those who have until Tuesday to decide whether they are turning pro early.

The Repository